Thursday, August 6, 2015

Blog Tour Interview with Amanda Hocking, Author of Crystal Kingdom (and GIVEAWAY!)

Welcome to the Crystal Kingdom blog tour! I binge-read the Trylle trilogy (last year), and read the Kanin Chronicles as well! Crystal Kingdom is the end to another series, but a beautiful end, at that. Check out my Q&A with Amanda, and enter to win Crystal Kingdom!

Meet Amanda!

Alyssa: Hi, Amanda! Thank you so much for joining me today on my blog! And congratulations on another release!

Amanda: Thank you so much for having me, and I’m very excited about this release. It’s always the scariest and most gratifying to release the final book in a series.

Alyssa: I can imagine! For us readers as well, buy a completely different kind of scary and gratifying for you as a writer O_O So, let’s get to it, lady! How was writing Crystal Kingdom different from writing the other two Kanin books? I noticed that this book was quite a bit longer than Frostfire and Ice Kissed!

Amanda: It was a lot of fun, because I didn’t have to hold back. The first two books are about building up and hinting at what’s to come, but in the final book, it’s here. It’s time to pull back the curtain and let the readers see who’s been pulling the strings. All the questions are answered, and there’s a lot of confrontation. 

Alyssa: That makes sense! I think questions were answered very well and in their entirety :) If this series were to make it to the little or big screen, which actor and actress would you choose to play Bryn and Ridley?

Amanda: For Bryn, I would like Elizabeth Olsen, but Bryn is more muscular, more like Pink, so they’d have to her do a boot camp beforehand. For Ridley, I like Diego Boneta. 

Alyssa: What’s one song that really represents this book?

Amanda: “Glory and Gore” by Lorde. 

Alyssa: I LOVE THAT SONG! Do you think you’ll write more books set in the Trylle/Kanin world? Another spinoff series?

Amanda: Possibly. At the moment, I don’t have any plans to, but I’ve really enjoyed exploring the Kanin more, and I’ve only really focused on showcasing the world of two of the five tribes. So there’s definitely potential in the future, but I don’t know what it would be about or when. 

Alyssa: This kind of goes along with the previous question, but what are you currently working on in terms of Young Adult projects - something new? Anything contracted?

Amanda: Right now, I’m finishing up a standalone YA novel set in the 1980s that follows a travelling sideshow, and the book is called Freeks. I pitched it as Pretty in Pink meets The Lost Boys (minus the vampires) meets Carnivale. It should be out sometime in 2016 with St. Martin’s Griffin. I’ll also have a YA duology coming out with them in 2017, but I’ve only just begun the outlining process.

Alyssa: Ooo, intriguing! And that’s all from me! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog, Amanda! And happy publication to you and Crystal Kingdom!

Amanda: Thank you!

About the Author:

Amanda Hocking is The New York Times bestselling author of the Trylle trilogy and a lifelong Minnesotan. After selling over a million copies of her books, primarily in eBook format, she became the exemplar of self-publishing success in the digital age.

About Crystal Kingdom:

Crystal Kingdom by Amanda Hocking
Book Three of the Kanin Chronicles
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Publication Date: August 4, 2015

Summary (from Goodreads):

Bryn must decide: follow her head or her heart. Thrown into a world of suspense and intrigue, Bryn now has to fight to clear her name. But she's not alone. With help from the Trylle - including Finn Holmes - she's on a quest to discover the truth.

With her life and her world on the line, will Bryn be able to risk it all?

About Frostfire:

Frostfire by Amanda Hocking
Book One of the Kanin Chronicles
Publisher: St. Martins Griffin
Publication Date: January 6, 2015

Summary (from Goodreads):

The first book in a magical new YA series from New York Times bestselling author Amanda Hocking that invites readers back to the beloved world of the Trylle.

Bryn Aven is an outcast among the Kanin, the most powerful of the troll tribes. Set apart by her heritage and her past, Bryn is a tracker who's determined to become a respected part of her world. She has just one goal: become a member of the elite King’s Guard to protect the royalty. She's not going to let anything stand in her way, not even a forbidden romance with her boss Ridley Dresden. But all her plans for the future are put on hold when Konstantin– a fallen hero who she once loved – appears to be up to something dangerous, kidnapping changelings. Bryn is sent in to help stop him, but will she lose her heart in the process?

About Ice Kissed:

Ice Kissed by Amanda Hocking
Book Two of the Kanin Chronicles
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Publication Date: May 5, 2015

Summary (from Goodreads):

Bryn Aven has always longed to be a part of her Kanin world. Though she has no social status because she’s a half-breed, she refuses to give up on her dream of serving the kingdom she loves. It’s a dream that brings her to a whole new realm…the glittering palace of the Skojare.

The Skojare people need protection from the same brutal rival who’s been threatening the Kanin.  And being half Skojare herself, it’s a chance for Bryn to learn more about her heritage. Her boss Ridley Dresden is overseeing her mission and wants to help. He’s always been her most trusted friend—but as their undeniable attraction heats up, it’s a distraction she can’t afford. She’s about to discover that the Skojare world is full of secrets, and as she’s drawn in deeper, she doesn't know who to trust. And matters worse, as she gets closer to Ridley, she can’t even trust her own heart. 

The Giveaway:

USA/CA only. Courtesy of the publisher. See Giveaways page for complete rules. Good luck!


  1. I have read Amanda Hocking's Trylle series and I absolutely loved every minute of it! It was so exciting and I couldn't put the book down (with the exception of the romantic parts when my heart couldn't take the stress and I had to calm down a bit). I will most definitely pick up the Kanin Chronicles soon after reading this interview and I know that it will be as captivating and thrilling as the Trylle series, if not more.

  2. I haven't read any of her books yet, but I do have two of the books in the Trylle series and the first book in this series on my shelves :)

  3. I reread book three a few weeks ago and loved it! I am not sure what happened the first time around, it must have been a fluke or something. Another spin off would be awesome. Trolls aren't something you see often in YA (I actually never saw them before at all) so it would be cool to have more of that. Great interview Alyssa!

    Amber ❤ The Book Bratz

  4. I have yet to read any of Amanda Hocking's books, though these three look nice, and Frostfire sounds interesting. But, wow, she sure does write fast, doesn't she?

  5. I have Iced Kiss but I've been holding off reading it until Crystal Kingdom was available. Now that's it's been released, I'll be adding it to my shelf real soon.

  6. I have just been introduced to Amanda, thanks to your blog. I've added her books to my TBR list.

  7. I am yet to read any of Amanda's books, but the covers of this series are seriously giving me a case of cover lust!

  8. I love Amanda Hocking! I've read the majority of her books! I actually think her earlier books are my favorite! <3

  9. I've read Frostfire and Ice Kissed and I'm so glad she releases them in quick succession because I need to know what happens!

  10. I haven't read any of Amanda Hocking's books yet but I love fantasy and the covers for this series are so amazing!

  11. I feel like this is such a great series to binge read, especially since everything sounds so intriguing! :D Your interview questions were great, Alyssa! I'm super curious about this new work Amanda has coming out, plus YAY to duologys!! <33 I also really like that Lorde song.

    Thanks so much for sharing chica!

  12. No, I have not yet read of her books. But, I would like to.

  13. I have read almost all of her books and I absolutely love them!!!

  14. Yay :D Gorgeous interview Alyssa. <3 Thank you so much for sharing :) I love that you love these books. <3 They look so pretty. Sigh. Must read them one day :)

  15. (Alisha Sienkiel in rafflecopter)

    I love her books especially the Trylle series! Thanks for the chance to win!

  16. Yes I have read her Trylle series and loved it!!!

  17. I've read the Wake (I think) series. The one about sirens, and it was awesome :)

  18. Yes I have read the Trylle books and Hallowmen!
    Mary Loki

  19. Not yet, but I have several on my TBR list!

  20. I've read the first two books in the Trylle series, and I'm looking forward to continuing it and Amanda Hocking's other book series.

  21. Yes, I have read the Trylle Trilogy.


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